NEWS 2003


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The Journals of Eleanor Druse

Posted: September 29, 2003.

The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident will be released from Hyperion in January 2004. It's a journal by King's character Eleanore Druse from Kingdom Hospital.

The issue of Entertainment Weekly with King's latest column in it is now out. The column is called In my book, it's no contest.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Concordance Contest

Posted: September 27, 2003.

It's time for a new contest here at Lilja's Library. This time you can lay your hands on a hardback copy of the book Stephen King's The Dark Tower Concordance by Robin Furth. Yes, you read it right, a hardback. Even though the US edition is a trade paperback the UK is in hardback…and I just happens to have 10 copies of which one could be yours. All you have to do it enter Lilja's Library's Concordance Contest.

In other news Mick Garris reports that Riding the Bullet has gotten the go-ahead and John Adams writes about season three of The Dead Zone in his last riff.

Kingdom Hospital

Posted: September 26, 2003.

Here are yet 25 more exclusive photos from the set of Kingdom Hospital.

It has also come to my attention that shooting wrapped up at this location yesterday, ahead of schedule and than Mr. Wayne Newton shoot a scene for the series as well.

King to speak at Burns Film Center

Posted: September 25, 2003.

Here are 8 more exclusive photos from the set of Kingdom Hospital.

It has now been confirmed that King will speak at the Burns Film Center. On their site they confirm that Cujo will be shown and that afterwards King will discuss horror movies with JBFC board member and New York Times critic Janet Maslin. Tickets will go on sale October 1. has put another short review of Wolves of the Calla online. Read it on your own risk.

Kingdom Hospital

Posted: September 22, 2003.

Here is an exclusive first look at the set of Kingdom Hospital. You will find 17 images from the set of the TV series.

Stephen King turns 56 today

Posted: September 21, 2003.

Happy Birthday to Stephen King who turns 56 today!

King speaks Oct. 30

Posted: September 18, 2003.

Judy in Connecticut reported today in SKEMERs that she had talked to an employee of the Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y. who confirmed that King would make an appearance there on Oct. 30. King will speak and the movie Cujo will be shown. The price to be there is $90 for members and $110 for non-members. Tickets are not yet available, but will be by Oct. 1, maybe sooner.

Here is the first entry in the ongoing Gunslinger contest.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

National Book Award

Posted: September 15, 2003.

King will receive National Book Award's annual medal for distinguished contribution to American letters in November. You can read more about it on King's official site and in an article in The New York Times.
Thanks to Bev Vincent, Michael E. Stamm and Brian Freeman.

The UK chapter of SKEMERs now has a Film Survey on their site that you should check out. These guys have often been the ones to first provide us with the UK covers for upcoming King books and here is your chance to do something for them. So, head over there and vote!

King's third column online

Posted: September 12, 2003.

King's third column for Entertainment Weekly can now be read online.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

When to order The Dark Tower

Posted: September 11, 2003.

I got a press release and an ARC of Wolves of the Calla from Hodder & Stoughton today even though the ARC doesn't have the illustrations it lists all their titles.

To make it easy for you I have done a release chart that you can print out and put on you wall or use the links on it to order or pre-order each Dark Tower book.

There seams to be a remake of Christine in the making. There have been reports about a lawsuit filed by Richard Kobritz the producer for the 82 film adaptation of Christine directed by J. Carpenter. Evidently the suit states that Kobritz was left out of negotiations for the upcoming remake to be aired on NBC TV. He is seeking financial compensation. No other info has appeared at this time.
Thanks to Cujo-Phil.

Unaired pilot of The Dead Zone

Posted: September 9, 2003.

Here is a short summary of the unaired pilot of The Dead Zone that you could get on DVD for free when you bought the first season on DVD. I hope you all got it. There will be a review of it here soon.

On the DVD you get the original 84 minute unaired pilot that has quite a few different scenes. Most obviously with Michael Moriarity as Reverend Gene Purdy instead of David Ogden Stiers and a different, tall, blonde actress playing reporter Dana Bright.

The disc contains some extras as well. It has yet another audio commentary, this time with Lloyd Segan and Shawn Piller. There are also several promos for Season 2. Some easter eggs including trailers for The Dead Zone & Rose Red. 10 minutes of deleted scenes with timecode including some footage that was re-shot different ways or in different locations. There is even some stuff that appears nowhere else. All shot by another director. The deleted scenes have an optional audio commentary.

The score for this pilot is also done by someone else and some of the music is changed like it doesn't have Steely Dan's Do it Again during the Wheel of Fortune scene.
Thanks to Terry Warrick for this brief review.

Now you can check out King's first two columns for Entertainment Weekly online.

John Mellencamp talked...

Posted: September 3, 2003.

Shooting of Secret Garden started yesterday in Bromont, Quebec.

In a recent AP interview, John Mellencamp talked a teeny bit about the musical he's writing with Stephen King.

The Rock Bottom Remainders will be appearing at the Texas Book Festival on November 8.

The Authors Party (7 to 10 p.m. Saturday) at Austin Music Hall will cost $40 per person $150 for VIP pre-party event. At this time it is unconfirmed if Stephen King will be joining the other authors at this event.
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan for this.

Article about Robin Furth

Posted: August 30, 2003.

To the right is the cover of the DVD edition of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer. It will be released on October 14th.

The people in Creswick will be the first to see Salem's Lot.

Here is the cast list for most of the parts in Kingdom Hospital.

An article about Robin Furth who has written the magnetic book Stephen King's The Dark Tower - A Concordance has finally appeared online.

The Dead Zone reviewed for a third season

Posted: August 24, 2003.

Today there is great news. The Dead Zone has been reviewed for a third season!

There is also a CD out with the soundtrack from the first season.

I have also read the new edition of The Gunslinger and if you want you can now check out my review.

Here's the link to King's latest Entertainment Weekly column. It will only work if you are a subscriber or use AOL though.
Thanks to John Hanic.

OK, it's time for a WARNING! As I reported earlier King have a piece in Book Magazine. Well what is promoted on the cover as At The Movies: Tom Wolfe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stephen King, Dennis Lehane is actually just a short list of King's five favorite movies from 2002-2003.

So, this is nothing more then a small list and a big misuse of King's name by Book Magazine to sell more issues if you ask me.

BTW his favorites are: Wrong Turn, The Good Thief, Spellbound, Dark Blue and The Quite American.
Thanks to Ed Yarb for the warning.

Always, They Come Back

Posted: August 21, 2003.

I have been doing some reviewing lately and now I'm proud to let you know that you can check out my review of the latest Dollar Baby Autopsy Room Four and season 2˝ of The Dead Zone.

In other news;

The issue of Entertainment Weekly with King's second column is now out. The column is called Always, They Come Back and you can see what the cover looks on the left.

King will also be back in Book Magazine next month. In the Sept/Oct issue he lists five of his favorite movies of the past year with a little bit about each one.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Kingdom Hospital

Posted: August 19, 2003.

More casting for Kingdom Hospital has now been revealed.

Hodder & Stoughton are kicking off their promotion for The Dark Tower books.

Ed Begley Jr.

Posted: August 15, 2003.

Ed Begley Jr. has been appointed the head of Kingdom Hospital.

Dreamcatcher on DVD

Posted: August 13, 2003.

The DVD edition of Dreamcatcher will contain a new interview with King according to DVD Exclusive.

According to Warner the extra material will be the following:

Original Ending and Lifted Scenes
DreamWriter - A look at Stephen King and the process he went through when writing Dreamcatcher (this is probably the interview)
DreamWeavers - The Visual Effects of Dreamcatcher
DreamMakers - A Journey Through Production
Teaser Trailer

Thanks to Terry Warrick.

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer

Posted: August 12, 2003.

Lion's Gate will release The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer on DVD on October 10. It will have Commentaries and Multi-Audio.
Thanks to Terry Warrick.

Misery will be preformed as a stage play in Belgium later this year. It's being played at a theater called het Klokhuis and it is in the center of Antwerp. The performance dates are 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 October. The group who performs it is called BATS. More info to come. has posted a new summary of Wolves of the Calla on the book's main page at the site. There is some new information, which should prove interesting for you. You can also check out a cool promotional item for the UK edition over at eBay.

Wolves of the Calla

Posted: August 7, 2003.

Bernie Wrightson is currently working on a new cover for the paperback edition of Wolves of the Calla.

The Pop of King

Posted: August 6, 2003.

Here is the cover for Entertainment Weekly with King's column in it. It can also be read online but only if you're a subscriber.

I also got the title of King's column wrong. It should be The Pop of King and nothing else.

Thanks to everyone that sent me info about this.

As I suspected the casting info for Bag of Bones over at wasn't correct.

The King of Pop

Posted: August 5, 2003.

The issue of Entertainment Weekly with King's column is now out. It's called The King of Pop. I haven't found either the column or the cover of the actual issue online (if you do, please let me know) but it's supposed to be out there.

Thanks to Bev Vincent and Audrey Sparkes.

Autopsy Room Four

Posted: August 4, 2003.

Out of nowhere a short film based of King's story Autopsy Room Four appeared.

There has now been an official press release about Kingdom Hospital released.

Kristen Dalton

Posted: August 2, 2003.

Recently I had a talk with Kristen Dalton who plays Dana Bright in The Dead Zone. She told me her feelings about the series and you can check out what they are in the interview.

In other Dead Zone news. Lloyd Segan hopes that a third season will begin in March 2004...if they get picked up for a third season that is...

The Gunslinger contest

Posted: August 1, 2003.

The Gunslinger contest is now over and the 10 lucky winners have been contacted by mail. The right answer to what Roland The Gunslinger's last name is is off course Deschain.

Thanks to everyone that has participated in this contest!

Stephen King will join Entertainment Weekly

Posted: July 31, 2003.

King will join Entertainment Weekly as a columnist. He will have a column every month and the first one will be in the August 8 issue.

This is from King's official newsletter:

Stephen King will join Entertainment Weekly as a columnist, beginning with the August 8 issue. Appearing on the magazine's back page, King's commentary will examine various facets of pop culture. The column will appear once a month, alternating with the magazine's current back page, "Stupid Questions with..." This is the first time since his college days that King has penned a regular column.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

According to there has been some casting done for the movie version of Bag of Bones.

Kingdom Hospital and more...

Posted: July 30, 2003.

Two actors and one actresse have been selected for King's Kingdom Hospital. They are Andrew McCarthy, Diane Ladd and Bruce Davison.

Here is an article about the great CD-ROM The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King.

Don't forget to enter Lilja's Library The Gunslinger Contest. You have until tomorrow to do it.

Here is the UK cover for Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume One. It will be released in hardback on October 1st.

The Encore Network will air a new documentary about the films of Frank Darabont starting on August 2nd at 11:00 AM EST. It runs 60 minutes with no commercial breaks.
Thanks to Terry Warrick.

The Gunslinger Contest

Posted: July 23, 2003.

As promised yesterday, I'm proud to announce Lilja's Library The Gunslinger Contest.

This contest is to celebrate that Lilja's Library now finally is back on the right domain, and all you have to do is answer one easy question and tell one person that Lilja's Library is back on and you will have a chance to win a copy of the UK paperback edition of King's The Gunslinger. Not bad, right?

Read more on the contest page.

The winners of the Territories contest will be notified by mail later today. The right answer was elevator music.

Lilja's Library is back!

Posted: July 22, 2003.

Lilja's Library is now finally back on the right domain, It took some time and I want to thank all of you that have mailed me and told me how much my site helps you keep up to date with the latest King news. It's things like that that makes it all worth.

So, now we are back at the right domain so please change your bookmarks and links! Oh, and from now it's info [at] you should use if you want to mail me.

To celebrate that we're back on the right domain I have a contest for you. It won't start until tomorrow (July 23) (when The Territories contest is over) but all you will have to do is answer one easy question and tell one person that Lilja's Library is back on and you will have a chance to win a copy of the UK paperback edition of King's The Gunslinger. Not bad, right?

How will I know that you have told someone that Lilja's Library is back on I can hear you ask? Well, I won't. I choose to take your word for it!

So, check back tomorrow and keep your fingers crossed that your one of the lucky winners.

In other news;

Secret Window, Secret Garden will be filming in North Hatley in mid-September.

King will be narrator for Kingdom Hospital.

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume I am now out and here is the full contents list.

Territories Contest

Posted: July 20, 2003.

Today I'm happy to let you know that you now have the chance to get one of the Territories CD's for free. All you have to do is enter Lilja's Library Territories Contest.

The Dead Zone

Posted: July 19, 2003.

I have been doing some reviewing today and I'm pleased to be able to put three reviews online. I have been taking a closer look at The Dead Zone season one DVD box, Dreamcatcher - The Shooting Script and a new CD with Dark Tower inspired music on called Territories.

You can get more info and order your copy of Territories at

Wolves of the Calla

Posted: July 16, 2003.

Here is the contents list for Wolves of the Calla.

Check out a new interview with Bev Vincent, author of The Road to the Dark Tower.

Scribner has two new contests online. In one you can win Dark Tower books and in the other you get a chance to meet King in person...IF you live in the US that is. Here is their mail:

Dear Stephen King Fan,

We know you were expecting your Stephen King news fix on July 10, but we were forced to hold out a little longer to give you an extra treat. Hopefully you'll think it was worth the wait...

As of last week, we were going to give you a chance to win Wolves of the Calla by proving your King and Dark Tower knowledge and helping us create a brain-busting Dark Tower trivia game, NOW we're giving you A CHANCE TO MEET THE GREAT ONE, STEPHEN KING, when you become a Gunslinger online! Read on....

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Think you know the Dark Tower? Prove it!

Just email five DARK TOWER trivia questions to Put "Dark Tower" in the subject line, and be sure to include the DARK TOWER book and page number for each answer. Email those five questions our way, and you'll automatically be entered to win a copy of WOLVES OF CALLA! Remember questions must come from THE DARK TOWER books. Click below for official rules.

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Be a Gunslinger (or just act like one!)

We've selected a few passages from THE DARK TOWER and posted them on and Dress as your favorite DARK TOWER character, select one of the passages, and videotape your performance (but only 1 to 3 minutes). We'll post 50 of the best entries online in our Dark Tower Gallery, and the world will vote for the winner!

The Grand Prize Winner will meet Stephen King in New York and four runners-up will receive signed hardcover editions of The Dark Tower I through VII.

So pick a passage and start filming!

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Keeping you up on all things King, we remain,

Thanks to Gail Perrin.

Gunslinger review

Posted: July 14, 2003.

A review of The Gunslinger have appeared online. This one is from SF Site.
Thanks to Uncle But and Bev Vincent.

King's review of Harry Potter 5

Posted: July 9, 2003.

Filardi talks about Salem's Lot in a new article in Fangoria.

Now you can order Wolves of the Calla from Grant, see a first image of an ARC of the book and soon you will be able to enter a Dark Tower trivia game on

Here is King's review of Harry Potter King's own handwriting!
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Check out a summary of the new episodes of The Dead Zone and get the latest about The Storm.

Here is an article about the Book magazine fictional essay by King.

Next June Johnny Depp will appear in Secret Window, Secret Garden at the cinemas. Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Dreamcatcher will be released on DVD on September 30. The DVD will include anamorphic widescreen video (a full frame version will also be available), Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, several production featurettes (DreamWriter: An interview with Stephen King, DreamMakers: A Journey Through the Production and DreamWeavers: The Visual Effects of Dreamcatcher), four deleted scenes and the original ending and the teaser trailer.
Thanks to Bev Vincent and Terry Warrick.

Some new info about Children of the Corn 8 has now been revealed.

UK covers for The Dark Tower 1 - 4

Posted: July 3, 2003.

Here are the new UK covers for The Dark Tower 1 - 4.

Here is a piece from Donald M. Grant's latest brochure that looks really cool.

Check out the schedule for the summer season of The Dead Zone.

Stationary Bike

Posted: July 2, 2003.

A new story called Stationary Bike by King will appear in Borderlands 5 released by Borderlands press. The book will be released in November and it will contain stories by authors like Bev Vincent (author of The Road to the Dark Tower), Brian Freeman and Whitley Strieber.

On Scribner's King site you can now solve a scramble puzzle. The puzzle contains an illustration from Wolves of the Calla.

Now you can download Act 1 and see the video preview of episode one of the new summer season of The Dead Zone.

Here is the cover to Anthony Magistrale book Hollywood's Stephen King that will be released in November. You can preorder it here from or here from

Here is a new interview with King in which he says that all The Dark Tower books will be rewritten one day...
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan.

The Dark Tower

Posted: July 1, 2003.

The Dark Tower 1 - 4 contest has now ended and the nine lucky winners have been contacted by e-mail so they know that they won. The once of you that hasn't been contacted have unfortunately not won. But don't feel to bad. I will have a new contest (the first of many) soon!

Here is a review of The Gunslinger.
Thanks to Bev Vincent

Donald M. Grant are now accepting orders for Wolves of the Calla.

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